End Of The Year Post

My friend Stephanie did these questions and they are a pretty good outline for an end of the year post.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? Formed an LLC, started two online businesses, went to SXSW, created a video 2 series.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Don’t think I really made any, and I’m not sure. I’m thinking I will make some goals, which are like resolutions. I made a goal to quit my job today, and didn’t do it.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? No.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No.

5. Did you visit anywhere exciting? Vegas, which was exciting. L.A. which was fun but not really exciting.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? A product I can sell.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? 07/14. That is the day I launched Distinctions For Life, my first online business.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Starting my two businesses, Distinctions For Life and Glamour Apprentice.

9. What was your biggest mistake? Dropping Glamour Apprentice after my partners didn’t do their part. I should have done that business from the start, and maybe I would have accomplished my goal by now.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No. Wow, isn’t that interesting.

11. What was the best thing you bought? My AR-15 sticks in my mind. But I’ve bought 2 HD video cameras this year that were pivotal.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My wife of 20 years. How to put this so it doesn’t sound horrible when she reads it. I realized this year if she died there are qualities of her personality and character I don’t think I could find in anyone else.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Guy K. Twice.

14. Where did most of your money go in 2008? Launching businesses.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Launching businesses. Hence the money.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? Mmmm. Brad Paisly’s “Online” or MSTRKRFT’s “Easy Love”.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.

ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, but I need to watch it.

iii. richer or poorer? Richer. I think.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? I wish I’d shot (photography) more. Kind of funny considering what I’m doing now.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Browsed the dream instead of acting on the dream.

20. How did you spend Christmas? Uneventfully. The most low key Christmas we’ve ever had. Did do my first volunteer work at my church Christmas Eve. Well unless you count being a small group leader.

21. Did you fall in love in ’08? Yes, again for about the 100th time in 20 years.

22. What was your favorite TV program? Bones or Chuck. Oh, and I watch VH-1’s The Pickup Artist.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No. Hate takes too much energy.

24. What was the best book you read? The Game, by Neil Strauss.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? Brad Paisly.

26. What did you want and get? Just about everything materially. An AR-15, which I’ve wanted for a long time. Membership to FrontSight, which I’ve also wanted for a long time.

27. What did you want and not get? A Kindle. But decided I wanted one two days ago.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I don’t remember. I was 43. I’m going to dancing class for the last time for awhile this year.

29. What’s one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If DFL had been a runaway success.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? I actually got hipper this year. Bought more cool shirts than I have in years and focused on looking good. Or at least having clothes I can dress up in to look cool. I blame The Game.

31. What kept you sane? The Mrs.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Sarah Palin.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? Gun Control. That’s why my AR is named Barak.

34. Who do you miss the most? I didn’t lose many people. I’d have to say I miss my co-worker Brian. Been “working” too much on my own.

35. Who was the best new person you met? John Watson. He’s the new partner in my studio and the nicest naturalist I’ve ever met. One of the nicest guys period.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008? How to open. Internet Marketing. I’m not too old to pull out the dream box.

37. What are your New Years Resolutions for 2009? That’s for a whole other post.